Google Images Drops Exact Image Size Filter

Nov 8, 2012 • 8:36 am | comments (61) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine

Google Image Search is now missing a neat and useful feature, to search by the exact image size. It is useful when you are looking for an image of an exact height and width.

It is not available under the new search tools in the new top down navigation and not available in the advanced image search page.

Google Images Drops Exact Image Size Filter

So when it says, "search any size" - Google is lying. They mean only large, medium or icon sizes - any other size, well - you are out of luck.

The interesting thing is that this is not the first time this feature went missing, it also went missing in June 2011 and eventually came back.

Kousha from Google said in response in a Google Web Search Help thread:

Thanks for checking in about this. We're aware that the exact image search no longer appears in the new layout. We're currently working on implementing new features like the one you describe, and will check back in with any updates.

Forum discussion at Google Web Search Help.

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11/08/2012 01:56 pm

You can search for different sizes by changing part of the link in the address bar. I changed this part of the address: isz:l& to isz:8mp& and got larger images. I was trying to get it to find 8 mega pixel images and it looks like it's finding images that size or larger.


11/08/2012 01:59 pm

I use this feature all of the time. To assist with presentations. I will have to seek other search utilities to use. Please put it back!

David Card

11/08/2012 07:59 pm

Google, youre killing me. Fix this shit you idiots


11/08/2012 08:36 pm

Yep. This has completely messed up my workflow too. I loved having a truly specialized "advance" search option. Was WAY easier before with better results. Please stop messing with the interface to have change for change sake. I second the notion to put it the very least make it an option to change under the settings menu.


11/08/2012 10:33 pm

Boo! I use that filter almost everyday!


11/08/2012 11:50 pm

Thank you that is very useful information.

iVision Mobile

11/09/2012 12:02 am

Good to know what google is up to!


11/09/2012 12:26 am

Google will sooner or later give you something even better. Use until then.


11/09/2012 12:36 am

For exact image sizes, just paste this at the end of any image search (changing your width and height to what you want) &tbs=islt:2mp,isz:ex,iszw:1920,iszh:1080

Werner Töniste

11/09/2012 01:01 am

It's not in the menu. But you can make it appear. Try this search query: Google imagesize:1024x720

The fix

11/09/2012 06:39 am

Download a user agent switcher extention for firefox or chrome and choose iPad as the agent. Doing so will bring back the old layout (almost). It's still annoyingly missing some of the old features, but it puts the bar back on the side.


11/09/2012 11:27 am

Wha? You just got rid of the best feature of google. For no apparent benefit.

Rob Abdul

11/09/2012 12:27 pm

Well, time to name images with their resolutions... 1024x600_name_of_pic.jpg

Anil Valvi

11/09/2012 12:27 pm

Thanks you Bob .


11/09/2012 07:18 pm


Brian Blank

11/09/2012 09:17 pm

Best answer yet! Thanks!


11/09/2012 11:24 pm

This pissed me off so much when they removed it! not only that but the top down layout looks stupid, it's almost a copy of the upper navigation bar, there was no reason to do this, especially removing the custom image size, I used to use it a lot for finding cover art (I like my album art to be 500x500)


11/10/2012 07:10 am



11/10/2012 03:47 pm


Medline Masson

11/11/2012 08:33 pm

I think I love you Bob

Bilbo T-Baggins

11/12/2012 10:49 am

What a heaping load of dogshit. Seriously, the first time they changed it; it was like pulling teeth. Even with the wide response of users complaining about it, Google never went back. You think they're going to fix it now? Doubtful. It seems their business model for the next 3 years is to break as much of their shit as possible. The really funny part is, as hard as they try to be cool, they'll never be Microsoft or Apple. Anyway, I'm done venting. U mad? Hell yes I'm mad. Now I have no excuse to stay away from Bing. I bet tomorrow Google's new name/logo will be Googlehoo!


11/13/2012 08:10 pm

You, sir, are my hero.


11/14/2012 09:22 am

Sorry for the woeful ignorance, kind Bob... but what do tablespoons ("tbs") and the year 1920 have to do with this? What is this language -- an attempt at reconstructing Pictish?

C. Mike Hunt

11/14/2012 09:34 am

Dear Mr. Card, We here at Google are intent upon frequently modernizing our search tools so that users such as yourself get to experience ever-increasing exposure to the marvelous American marketplace. By using narrowing search options you have missed out on a plethora of purchasing opportunities. Should you grow weary, know that the free hand of the marketplace is always ready to soothe you. We're doing our best to contribute the wonderful world of Imperial Capitalism, where rising tides float all boats (except those bothersome lower-class dinghies we keep plowing over!). God bless America, Inc. C. Michael ("C-Mike") Hunt, Assistant Vice. Sr. Under-Director of Corporate-Human Interactive Future Relations Google Worldwide, Inc.

C. Mike Hunt

11/14/2012 09:52 am

Dave... I think this is the last little push I needed. I'm going to seek asylum in Colorado and spend my poverty-ridden "golden years" ignoring the Corporate Empire and going for that Rocky Mountain High! Here in Tennessee, it's rumored that conservatives will soon begin a mass migration to Texas, where sheep-shagging has been legalized. We'll have Colorado all to ourselves, and black folks in Tennessee will get to drive without being pulled over every 20 minutes. Cops here can't stop talking about donuts and those cute Texas sheep. Gene Debs IV, Hashville, TN

Jet Rink

11/14/2012 10:05 am

Damn, Botch. You're easy. I just finished cleaning a pee stain off my couch left by an elderly incontinent Viagra addict. Got it completely off with just a bit of vinegar and some holy water from the church next door. Miraculous, eh? So, may I please be your hero, too? Please? I've got donuts and sheep. Please?

Brandy "Pooki" Pooksbury

11/14/2012 10:20 am

Oh yes! God bless Google -- thank you -- it will only get better. Oh, and there's Skype and my 221 unknown friends on Facebook, and I bought an awesome cell phone at Wal-Mart with gasoline-powered text messaging and a fur-lined battery compartment. Soon, Google will grow and grow and what with RFID chips we'll feel so warm and safe. God, this is actually making me horny! How about you, Guest? We both love Google. Are you a guy? Oh, I don't care. There's this awesome lesbian-amputee sex site I found when I turned of my safe-search for a couple minutes. Whatdya say?

Connie Linkous

11/14/2012 10:47 am

C'mon dsfsdddsffdttfwwssssft -- they bought it! You must be one of those foreigners. Lemme explain. If I get stuck, I'll just type "LOL" a buncha times and my fellow Americans will think I'm rilly smart. Here in the land of the free, everything and anything is for sale even if it's not there -- I call it quantum economics. But rilly, it's all about competition, and whoever gets the most gold doesn't have to pay taxes or send their kids to the imperial wars. So strangleholds and good old-fashioned monopolies are actually good things sent by God. And everybody is free to play along! So stop saying freedom is retarded. Right now, I've got a stranglehold on my lady parts -- wanna have Google phone sex? I'm serious although I'm LOL in my pants.


11/15/2012 05:48 am

those are height and width. ._.


11/15/2012 10:11 am

I remember when exist in advance seting for searching picture one button which read your monitor resolution and set this dimension for searching picture. Why missing...?


11/15/2012 02:27 pm

thank you very much for the tip! kudos to you

Matthew Mangels

11/15/2012 08:07 pm


Rick Nielson

11/16/2012 12:32 pm

There are a number of workarounds similar to yours, (using Google Canada is one, they still have the features removed from the US site) but the point is that it used to be remarkably easy. This was pure idiocy on Google's part.


11/16/2012 04:44 pm

Nah, that doesn't help me in my daily web development life as much as Bob's miracle.

Manos Subsim

11/17/2012 04:55 am

@google: give all the past options for filtering images's sizes back ! (search larger than x mb ...etc ). you made a wrong move discarding these tools and ,definetely, is a step back ! best answer so far is by Werner Töniste .till google fix this issue ,look for his suggestion .... IT IS WORKING !

Brandon Eastman

11/18/2012 01:54 am

They only changed this feature in the American Google. If you want it back just use the UK version.


11/19/2012 02:25 am

hahaha your name is pronounced "my cunt"


11/21/2012 10:21 am

This alt method works just fine... append "imagesize:XxY" after your search string. e.g. "flowers imagesize:1024x800" return flower images with pixels 1024 x 800

Lenin VJ Nair (Blue Bugle)

11/21/2012 12:20 pm

Wow such a disappointment. well just add the following to the search query you already have on google image, and you can get teh image in any size: &tbs=isz:ex,iszw:720,iszh:300


11/21/2012 03:41 pm

That´s not the only fail. The button "Search Tools" has the exact same apereance as Maps, or "Shooping" but it has a totally diferent function. Google always tries to keep it so simple, that sometimes fails completely.


11/22/2012 10:19 am

Fix this shit you idiots, Google you're down grade the features.......... STUPID !!!!


11/22/2012 05:47 pm

^weird shit people say on internet


11/23/2012 08:56 am

Thanks a lot Bob..:)


11/23/2012 10:40 am

thanks!!!!! :D this really helped me out XD

Tom Dark

11/23/2012 02:14 pm

That's the joke. Well done.


11/24/2012 09:26 am

One more proof they are morons. "We're currently working on implementing new features like the one you describe" - idiot, they are not NEW.


11/24/2012 07:33 pm

I absolutely fucking hate Googles new update to their image search. It's entirely shit now.


11/27/2012 06:29 am

This is a good work-around; but Google really needs to add the "Exact Size" feature back in.


11/28/2012 12:09 pm

Yeah, getting rid of the image size search thing sucks. What sucks even more is that Google has relegated video search results to a submenu... the only obvious search result remaining is for YouTube, which is owned by Google. The aim, presumably, is to drive all competition with YouTube, like Vimeo, out of business. In my book, that's doing evil. I don't know why there isn't a huge uproar about this.


11/28/2012 10:45 pm

Bob for President!

I love Bob

11/29/2012 05:29 pm

Bob. You have saved my life.


12/01/2012 01:29 pm

Thanks Bob!


12/08/2012 04:19 am

There are 2 ways to get around this.....use a GreaseMonkey Script called Googlifix or use imagesize:36x36 star just paste that into your Google image search box & it will find all 36x36 images referencing 'star'. Use your own sizes & or image you see fit. Cheers

Mohammed Ameeuddin Atif

12/10/2012 07:09 am

You saved my life !


12/12/2012 01:38 pm

Who wants to bet google will be releasing some sort of "Ad search" like mixrank or whatrunswhere Thanks bob!

Deepak Soni

12/12/2012 03:42 pm

lovely post and tanks for the imformation.

Anoop Sudhakaran

12/15/2012 05:41 pm

The Exact Image Search option has been re-added to the New Google Images, Under the Search Tools > Any Size > Exactly. A popup appears asking you to enter the dimensions of the Image. :)


12/28/2012 03:42 am

Bob is the god !


01/23/2013 02:52 pm

Bob, You are my Bacon & Eggs, My Rock & Roll, my Kiss & Tell my very favourite person at this moment! X X X


01/23/2014 07:47 pm

So much wrong with this article. When it says "any size", that is the option that is selected. Second, enter your search query and add this to it. Example: gray hair imagesize:180x180 large giraffe imagesize: 756x287

Behrooz Hussaini

06/05/2014 06:09 am

thanks buddy so helpful

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